Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl back, and they live happily ever after. That simple formula describes a very large percentage of the films produced in Hollywood. However, not every story is about a woman finding the man of her dreams. There is a small, but significant sect of cinema that delves into the psyche of the female in her natural habitat... with her girlfriends. These are the best female friendships in film.
These movies with female friendship can be found in every genre. They depict women in different stages of their lives, at various ages. Some of the films on this list are pure weepies, specifically designed to make us bawl like babies. Other films below are about how girls come of age together. They may be in high school or even in their 20s, trying to figure out what it takes to become an adult. Of course, there are a couple road trip movies listed here. Women need to escape from everyday life too, it’s not just the men that get to do their best Jack Kerouac impression and hit the pavement!
Despite genre or age, one thing remains true throughout all these movies: depicting women friendship in film is an intricate matter. These stories are not just about having wine with your best gal pals and complaining about your boyfriend. These narratives appreciate the finer details of female friendship. They get that no matter what has happened, and no matter what will happen, a good friend is the foundation of many females' happiness and livelihood. Our good friends are our rocks in life and keep us afloat.Be sure to celebrate the female friendships in your own life by voting up the best female friendships to have ever been depicted on film below!
Two gal pals decide to get away from it all and embark upon a little road trip. Everything is going great for Thelma and Louise until Thelma kills a man who is threatening to rape Louise. In the end, their friendship confirms that they have to stick together, even if it means there is nowhere left to run.
Actors: Brad Pitt, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, + more
Initial Release: 1991
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Tagline: Somebody said get a life...so they did.
#5 on The Best Movies of 1991
#14 on The Best Movies for Women
Is there anything more sacred than friendships formed at the beauty salon? Steel Magnolias examines the friendship of four Southern ladies from a small town in Louisiana. If the worst thing in the world that can happen to a person is lose a child, it's at least a comfort to know that it becomes more bearable when a girl has her best friends around. It would be a mistake to classify Steel Magnolias as just a weepie, you will cry your eyes out watching it, but you will also laugh and feel the love between these friends.
Actors: Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, + more
Initial Release: 1989
Directed by: Herbert Ross
Tagline: The funniest movie ever to make you cry.
#21 on The Best Movies of 1989
Penny Marshall's 1992 comedy is yet another film on this list that centers around breaking down stereotypes. Based on a true story, the tale of a league of female baseball players that formed when the men went off to fight in WWII, is not just another underdog sports story. The film is set during one of the most uncertain times in United States history, yet the Rockford Peaches baseball team banded together to help the nation heal, and help each other stay strong while their loved ones went off to fight abroad. And of course, there is no crying in baseball.
Actors: Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell, Geena Davis, Téa Leoni, + more
Initial Release: 1992
Directed by: Penny Marshall
Tagline: There's no crying in baseball!, Once in a lifetime you get a chance to do something different., To achieve the incredible you have to attempt the impossible., A woman's place is on home, first, + more
#9 on The Best Movies of 1992
#70 on The Funniest '90s Movies
#12 on The Best Sports Movies
Set in the 1960s South during the Civil Rights movement, The Help (adapted from the novel of the same name) tells the story of how black maids were treated by the white families they worked for. The glue of the story is the friendship between Aibileen and Minny. Their lives are extremely hard, however, they rely on each other for the strength it takes to make the lives of the people in their community better.
Actors: Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, Viola Davis, Sissy Spacek, + more
Initial Release: 2011
Directed by: Tate Taylor